Google culls 60 Android apps after malware pushes porn on children

Google culls 60 Android apps after malware pushes porn on children

Google culls 60 Android apps after malware pushes porn on children

Researchers at security company Check Point Software Technologies on Friday found pornographic malware hiding inside about 60 games apps, many of which were intended for kids. Check Point has a full list of the names to 63 malicious apps here.

In addition to displaying pornographic content, AdultSwine can also show pop ups that state a virus has infected the device, prompting the user to download another app claiming to be able to remove it.

Affected apps include Five Nights Survival Craft, with between 1 million and 5 million downloads, and Mcqueen Car Racing Game, which has been downloaded at least 500,000 times.

A security system called Google Play Protect is supposed to defend customers using Google's Android operating system from malicious codes by scanning apps for malware.

According to Android Police, the option to call users is included in the latest update, with an "Instant App" like experience called App Preview Messaging that's part of Google Play services letting fellow Android users answer calls through Duo.

One father complained to Google that the software had exposed his four-year-old son to "a bunch of thilthy (sic) hardcore porn pictures". The latter is particularly disturbing considering that most of these infected apps were games or drawing tutorials meant to entice kids.

The malware also sought to trick users into installing fake security apps, and could open the door for other attacks such as theft of user credentials, Check Point said.

'The most shocking element of this malware is its ability to cause pornographic ads (from the attacker's library) to pop up without warning on the screen over the legitimate game app being displayed, ' it said. This only works on Android phones as it uses Google's App Preview Messaging service that was first used with Allo in 2016, so trying to call iPhone users that don't have the app still won't work. Then there were some ads that tried to trick the user into giving up their phone number by telling them that they had won a prize. In December, YouTube said that Google was planning to increase the number of staff reviewing videos to more than 10,000.

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